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Open Call for Luthers

Date

12.10 - 12.11.2022

Location

Iowa City

OPEN CALL FOR LUTHERS

🎤 Open Call for Luthers is a visual experiment grounded in improvisation and co-creation. It invites participants and performers to plumb experience and research to catalyze visual, sonic, or emotional/psychological reincarnations of Vandross that will then be archived and re-edited as moving images and sounds.
🎤 Open Call for Luthers is grateful for the support of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies and Public Space One. The project has developed as part of their artist residency program.

To participate, visit bit.ly/thelutherproject

🎤 THE LUTHER PROJECT

🎤The Luther Project is a visual study of the life and work of vocalist Luther Vandross. The project is informed by the writing of Jason King, who argues that Vandross is a unique “star text” whose “polysemic image” offers multiple readings. It builds on earlier creative endeavors investigating how black queer identity is coded and situated.
Taking its cue from film theorist Peter Gidal’s 1971 definition of structural-materialist film, 🎤The Luther Project does not purport to “transparently document” or “represent” any actual events or stories in the life of Vandross. Instead, it foregrounds sensibility and formal structure to deal with dynamics that Vandross’s art and life lay bare.
The project parses Vandross’s aesthetic, namely his rich velvet tones, lush maximalist sensibility, and textural obsessiveness. Psychological and physiological topics to be explored include mourning, masculinity, and body dysmorphia. 🎤The Luther Project also reimagines found materials of some of Vandross’s high-profile collaborations from early in his career.

ABOUT
The Artist
LFranklin Gilliam
Artist Website (to come), Bio by Greg de Cuir, Jr, Wikipedia, moving image works

The Collaborators
John Brattin, Zoe Fitzpatrick Rogers, Jenelle Stafford

Support and Special Thanks
An Duplan
Center for Afrofuturist Studies
Public Space One